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November 12, 2016

Pop quiz:

Who won the presidency with a 0.2 percent lead in the popular vote?

John F. Kennedy, 1960.

Who lost the presidency with a 0.5 percent lead in the popular vote?

Al Gore, 2000.

Who won the presidency with a 0.7 percent lead in the popular vote?

Richard Nixon, 1968.

Whose projected popular-vote winning margin will dwarf the ones I just showed you?

That’s right, Hillary Clinton is on track to win the popular vote by something like 1.7 percent. The New York Times projects her to win by more than 2 million votes. The Atlantic says the margin might be even wider. (They’re still counting in that godless commie state on the Left Coast.)

If you are a Democrat in, say, New York, or California, or even Massachusetts, you might be wondering why your vote counts proportionately less than that of a Republican in the rural Midwest. Do our votes–and by extension, our beliefs and our needs and our very lives–really have less value than those of a Midwestern Republican?

Yes, according to the Electoral College.

The founding fathers established this peculiar system because they were afraid of “mob rule.”

How ironic.

Copyright 2016 Stephen Leon

November 12, 2016

To any and all Republicans and/or Trump supporters who have said publicly that his opponents should stop protesting, stop whining, get over it, give him a chance, stand together and heal the divide, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah …..

I have five words for you. (C’mon, you can figure it out.)

AYFKM?

And just what exactly have you been doing for the past eight years to heal the divide?

Technology has not replaced mirrors. Go look in one.

Copyright 2016 Stephen Leon

November 11, 2016

“Qui tacet, consentire videtur.”

It is a Latin phrase meaning “One who keeps silent is understood to consent,” and Antonin Scalia invoked it in an obscure 1994 Supreme Court decision. Now, with Scalia dead and his SCOTUS seat still vacant because obstructionist Senate Republicans refuse to hold hearings on Obama nominee Merrick Garland, some say that concept could be applied to the constitutional directive that the president shall appoint his nominee after receiving “advice and consent” from the Senate. Garland was nominated eight months ago, so Obama can legally interpret the Senate’s long silence as consent, and appoint Garland–so this line of thinking goes.

However, unless Obama is already plotting to heave this 11th-hour Hail Mary, the idea doesn’t seem to be getting much traction, and most of what I’ve read says it won’t happen.

I am no expert on this subject, and would love to hear from anyone with expertise and insight.

The Constitution is vague on how exactly the process is supposed to work, and while making the appointment would set off howls of outrage from the right (and nasty 3 AM tweets from PEOTUS), it seems worth it if it stands any chance of surviving the legal challenges that would ensue.

Or maybe I’m just another crazy gullible person and this idea is dead in the water.

Either way, I’d like to know.

Copyright 2016 Stephen Leon

November 11, 2016

Optimistic note for the day. Conservatives just won a temporary battle in the culture wars, but it will not last, because the march of history is against them. Emerging generations are less and less accepting of intolerance based on race, religion, gender, and sexual identity. It will never go away completely, but the country is only getting bluer in this regard. And it is taking hold in our institutions. Universities and the entertainment industry have been (mostly) culturally left of center for a long time, but now we have more and more members of the business, technology, and sports sectors rejecting intolerance. Look at all of the convention and tournament business North Carolina is losing over its anti-LGBT law. Take heart, and keep fighting for what is right and good.

Copyright 2016 Stephen Leon